Summary: Getting rid of varicose veins can be a high priority for some people. In some cases, these varicose veins can cause some (rare) medical complications. But for the most part, people just don’t like the way they look and would prefer skin that looks smoother and more uniform. There are several treatments for varicose veins on the market today, but which one is the best?
Finding the Best Treatment for Varicose Veins
We all know that tanning isn’t necessarily good for you. And yet, people do it. They line up in tanning beds or sun themselves incessantly. Why would people do that? Because, on some level, they find the appearance of pale skin problematic. To be sure, there is nothing wrong with or dangerous about pale skin. This is purely an aesthetic observation (and not one that everybody shares).
Of course, there are all kinds of reasons that people decide to go tanning, but one of them is to hide varicose veins. These blue, spider-web looking vein clusters are especially visible on pale skin—they’re sometimes referred to as “spider veins.” When the skin is of a darker complexion, the veins are more difficult to see. But there are other ways to mitigate varicose veins.
In fact, eliminating varicose veins is one of the more commonly requested cosmetic procedures. And, to be sure, there are a lot of imitators out there—various creams and gels that claim to get the job done. But the truth is that the only way to truly eliminate varicose veins is through a cosmetic procedures.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
The most common area to be afflicted with varicose veins are the legs; but this has more to do with their distance from the heart than with anything specific to your legs. (It’s not that your legs get more use or more exercise or anything like that.) Essentially, your veins have valves that usually prevent the blood from moving in the wrong direction. You can develop varicose veins when those valves malfunction; when the valves stop working, blood can “pool” in the veins. What you see when you see varicose veins is that pooling.
In most cases, there is absolutely no health risk from varicose veins (in rare cases, they can cause pain). Occassionally they will cause complications (which you’ll want to see your doctor about). Still, many patients find them unsightly. And that’s, primarily, why people want to get rid of them. Of course, now that you know what varicose veins are, you can see why they might be difficult to eliminate. There are, however, a few good options when it comes to the best treatment for varicose veins. One thing that should go almost without saying, however: be sure to get your doctor’s opinion on the best way to proceed.
The Best Treatments for Varicose Veins
There are several treatments for varicose veins available on the market today, each with varying degrees of effectiveness. Much will depend on your body and your skin type. However, the following treatments are available:
- Sclerotherapy: This procedure is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. A surgeon will inject the veins with a specially formulated solution that causes scarring in those veins—thus, closing them off so that blood no longer pools in there.
- Laser Procedures: While some laser procedures, such as Fraxel, have been shown to get great results for skin, others have been used to treat varicose veins. Those laser procedures use strong light to, essentially, make the vein fade and eventually disappear. These procedures are totally non invasive, but work mainly on smaller varicose veins.
There are further treatments, but one thing to keep in mind is that the more severe your varicose veins, the more substantial the treatment will need to be. That said, when the treatment works, patients are almost always thrilled with the results.
Life After Varicose Veins
It’s unfortunate, but varicose veins definitely keep some people from doing what they love or dressing the way they want. If you have particularly prevalent varicose veins you might feel self-conscious wearing swim suit, for example. And that can make trips to the beach a little less than a joy.
So the end result for patients who have gotten varicose vein treatments is, in many cases, a feeling of liberation. You can wear what you want, you can do what you want. And your first thought when trying on clothing doesn’t have to be about whether or not that clothing exposes a set of varicose veins.
If your varicose veins are causing medical issues, then there are even more reasons to get rid of them beyond the aesthetic. It’s worth noting, however, that for whatever reason you want your varicose veins gone, you should consult with your primary care physician to make sure that you’re in a good spot to remove those veins. Of course, after those veins are removed, you’ll have one less thing to worry about!